Friday, June 15, 2007

A Day Of Reading and Reflection

I've felt very "blah" today. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not the greatest either. It made for some good reading as I'm nearly done Beowulf in preparation for reading Grendel for the Banned Book Challenge. Beowulf's great and if you haven't read it, I highly recommend Seamus Heaney's translation of it. Full review coming later.

The Once Upon a Time Challenge is officially completed, though I still plan on fitting in a reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream and maybe John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things if there's time. I'll miss this challenge a lot. I read fantasy throughout the year, so it's not the genre I'll miss, but it's the amount of discussion on fantasy literature that I'll miss. Though I know there are so many great fantasy bloggers out there ;)

So aside from reading, today's been a day of self reflection. Where I am now, where I've been in the past, where I'm going in the future. I'm happy with where I am now. I don't think I was fully aware of that because I never really took the time to just sit and think on it, but I am. I've achieved many of my goals but feel short changed sometimes because there's no immediate result aka I don't have a job right now. I'm surrounded by people who love me and I have a great support system in place and I appreciate that. I forget to focus on the positive sometimes and get wrapped up in the negative and sometimes take others down in that negativity. That's got to end. Negativity is hard to avoid and easy to get caught up in, but I've got to learn to fight it. No point in dwelling on things. Focus on the future. And that's what I'm doing. I've scheduled an appointment to meet with the head of the PhD program in Counseling at UNO next week. I'm really excited, though as I look at the application, I don't know how great my chances are at getting into the program. That's basically why I want to meet with her. She sounds really nice and sounded interested in meeting with me, so that should be good. Also applied for a slew of new jobs today, so keep your fingers crossed!

OK, off to finish Beowulf! Til next time....

7 comments:

Nymeth said...

Sigh, I'm going to miss the challenge too, for the same reasons as you.

It's good that you want to avoid thinking negatively, but it's only natural to feel blah every once in a while, especially when one feels that life is sort of on hold for the time being. So don't be too hard on yourself!

Good luck with everything *keeps fingers crossed*

DesLily said...

I didn't even join the challenge and I will miss it! The first blog I open each day is the list of reviews!

Sorry you were feeling a bit down..it beats me how that can happen with yet another poppet in your pocket (snicker).. seriously, I hope things are better today.

Carl V. said...

Time for reflection is a good thing to have once in awhile. I'll keep those fingers and toes crossed for you! ;)

Chris said...

Thanks Nymeth! This challenge was so much fun. I'm learning to enjoy life being on hold a little bit more ;) I'm getting there!

Deslily, The challenge was so much fun. The review page is great, isn't it. I love going through them all. Poppets make everything all better!

Thanks Carl!

Meg Dufour said...

I love to hear you talk about how you have so many people around you who love you. It's true, no matter what. You sound like you have been kinda' going through what I am always fighting. I have been so much better about....just everything lately so if you ever need to talk about stuff you had better call me. 4 times a day talking to you is nothing!! ;)

Meg Dufour said...

oh and thanks for showing people that I exist. I like getting comments :)

Chris said...

Of course! You know I never hesitate to bug the hell out of you :p